Close was a pitcher and outfielder for the Harwich Mariners in both 1984 and 1985 and was selected to the All-Star team both seasons. In 1984, he hit .329, with six home runs, 10 doubles, 36 runs batted in, 36 runs scored and a .529 slugging percentage and was named Baseball America’s Player of the Year. The right-hander also turned in a 2-0 mark on the mound, with a 3.91 earned-run average. He saved some of his best games for the biggest moments, driving in the winning run at Philadelphia’s Veterans Stadium in the All-Star game against the Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League and throwing a scoreless inning against the U.S. Olympic squad. He returned to the Cape the following summer to hit .284 with 11 homers and 30 RBI, winning the Daniel J. Silva Sportsmanship Award.
Close was a four-year letterwinner for the Wolverines and was the 1986 Baseball America National Player of the Year. A team captain his senior year, Close was the Big Ten Player of the Year and an All-America first team selection by both the ABCA and Baseball America in 1986. His name is all over the Michigan record book, as he is U-M’s career leader in home runs (46) and runs scored (190), second in games played (229), third in RBI (185) and fourth in batting average (.373). Close also is Michigan’s single-season leader in slugging percentage (.869 in 1986) and RBI (72 in 1986). Close was drafted by the New York Yankees in the seventh round of the 1986 MLB Draft. He now is a sports agent with such clients as Derek Jeter and Ryan Howard.
Close joined David Aardsma, Jack Cressend, Peter Ford, Wayne Granger, Tom Grieve, Mike Loggins, Lou Merloni, Steve Robbins and Tom Weir in the 2010 Cape Cod Hall of Fame class.